Whilst all of this may seem like fishy business.
It has to be said, eating plenty of fish is really good for your health and your skin.
One of the nutrients from this family is phosphatidylcholine, an important brain nutrient.
It helps to create structural components in the brain supplying the nutrient choline, which is vital for the brain in order to make acetylcholine – an important neuro-transmitter that helps to prevent memory loss.
A deficiency in acetylcholine is thought to be one of the major causes of senile dementia.
When taken together, B5 and choline enhance acetylcholine. It has been clinically proven to help with memory and mental performance; interestingly, supplementing choline does not guarantee that it will enter into the brain cells.
The good news is that the nutrient that is found in fish does. This nutrient is known as Dimethylaminoethanol, or DMAE for short; it can pass easily into the brain, where it converts into choline, which in turn makes acetylcholine, the important biochemical that can help to prevent dementia.
Fish Oil Benefits
The pioneer of DMAE treatment, Dr Carl Pfeiffer, found that the benefits of fish oil are extensive:
- It is a powerful anti-inflammatory
- It improves skin conditions
- It can help with memory loss
- It helps to reduce joint pain
- It can improve mobility
- It is a mood enhancer
- It boosts intelligence
- It can increases energy
- It improves heart benefits
- It increases blood flow by slowing down atherosclerotic plaque, reducing triglyceride levels in the body
- It improves hair growth, this article does a great job of covering this subject in more detail
As you can see, there are a lot of fish oil benefits; most importantly, fish oil has had some really great results with treating depression, which I discuss in greater detail here.
In fact, Carl Pfeiffer’s results had such a positive outcome that today, in the United States, DMAE is prescribed to children who suffer from learning difficulties, reading, speech, and behavioural problems.
This could go some way to understanding why fish oil has become such a buzz word of late.